A Jane Austen Siting ~ Pride & Prejudice in 16 words or less…

Scrolling through the “guide” on my television the other day, in dire need of pure entertainment, I came upon the 2005 Pride and Prejudice, though barely recognizable by its description – it read:

A convoluted courtship begins between a young woman and
the handsome friend of a wealthy bachelor.

And thus a major classic of the English language reduced to sixteen words, with nary a mention of Jane Austen, not to mention Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy! I was quite sure I had slipped off the guide into the Hallmark Channel!

If you had the assignment to do a write-up on any of Austen’s novels in 16 words or less, what would you write?? [I was asked this once in a radio interview and I had a complete brain-cramp and froze up, not my greatest life moment! – one should always be prepared for such a question, don’t you think?]

So Gentle Readers, please comment with your capsule of Austen! – think Twitter but even shorter…

Copyright @2012 Jane Austen in Vermont 

11 thoughts on “A Jane Austen Siting ~ Pride & Prejudice in 16 words or less…

  1. Sense and Sensibility:
    Two sisters, quite unlike in dignity, love men who are not allowed to requite them.

    Persuasion:
    Age grants wisdom to Anne and proximity grants self-knowledge to Frederick so that they wed at last.

    Northanger Abbey:
    Wistful, wishful neo-Gothic quasi-heroine is enthralled in a feigned mystery but is loved anyway. The End.

    Emma:
    Highbury Society leader makes matches for everyone but herself. Her Knightley offers an Abbey and love.

    Pride and Prejudice:
    First impressions having skewed perceptions, Darcy and Elizabeth court almost by accident until they are betrothed.

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  2. Here are my contributions. I was inspired by the idea of what might appeal to attention-deficient channel-surfing viewers…

    Northanger Abbey:
    An over-imaginative teenage girl romances an earnest preacher, despite the objections of his pompous military father.

    Persuasion:
    After making the biggest mistake of her life, Ann Eliot is given one more chance to find love.

    Sense & Sensibility:
    Adrift after their father’s death, two sisters each make bad choices about men.

    Emma:
    A wealthy young amateur matchmaker finally meets her match in an older family friend.

    Price & Prejudice:
    Elizabeth has always relied on her first impressions — until a haughty ultra-rich suitor arrives in town.

    Mansfield Park:
    An impoverished girl moves in with wealthy relations, but is challenged by the family’s freewheeling ways.

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